Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

, 13:365

Pupillary Motility: Bringing Neuroscience to the Psychiatry Clinic of the Future


  • Simona Graur
    • University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
    • University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Neuro-ophthalmology (A Kawasaki, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11910-013-0365-0

Cite this article as:
Graur, S. & Siegle, G. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep (2013) 13: 365. doi:10.1007/s11910-013-0365-0
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Neuro-Ophthalmology


Modern pupillometry has expanded the study and utility of pupil responses in many new domains, including psychiatry, particularly for understanding aspects of cognitive and emotional information processing. Here, we review the applications of pupillometry in psychiatry for understanding patients’ information processing styles, predicting treatment, and augmenting function. In the past year pupillometry has been shown to be useful in specifying cognitive/affective occurrences during experimental tasks and informing clinical diagnoses. Such studies demonstrate the potential of pupillary motility to be used in clinical psychiatry much as it has been in neurology for the past century.


Pupil Pupillometry Cognition Emotion Psychopathology Depression Anxiety Pupil dilation Psychiatry Cognitive processing Emotional processing Psychotherapy Limbic system Executive control Autism Parkinson’s disease Autonomic dysfunction Brain computer interaction Vulnerability

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